- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenApr 17, 2014
President Barack Obama’s administration has touted the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) as a hallmark of growing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, particularly mainland Southeast Asia. For the past five years, government agencies, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have made inroads toward developing the LMI as the centerpiece of U.S. engagement along the Mekong River.
- CommentaryApr 15, 2014
In its East China Sea diplomacy, Taiwan has been creative and constructive. In August 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou proposed the East China Sea Peace Initiative (ECSPI) to manage rising tensions over the disputed islands known as the Diaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, the Senkaku Islands in Japan, and the Diaoyu Islands in Mainland China.
- NewsletterBy Dr. Vibhanshu ShekharApr 14, 2014
The heads of government of seven countries of South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand – gathered in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in March 2014 for the third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) summit.
- NewsletterApr 14, 2014
India’s national election commenced on April 7, running until May 12. On May 16, the results will be announced. While it certainly appears the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win the most seats and be in a good position to form the next government, nothing is certain in Indian politics. Irrespective of who wins, there will be a dramatic leadership change.
- ReportBy Rasika GynediApr 1, 2014
Asset quality in India’s banks has deteriorated sharply and if not tackled promptly poses a systemic risk to the banking system—and by extension the Indian economy. A high proportion of nonperforming assets (NPAs) steadily erodes the capital base of a bank, impinging on the ability of banks to raise fresh capital and continue lending for investment activities.
- ReportBy Anthony H. Cordesman, Abdullah ToukanApr 1, 2014The IOR is one of the most complex regions in the world in human terms. It includes a wide variety of different races, cultures and religions. The level of political stability, the quality of governance, demographic pressures, ethnic and sectarian tensions, and the pace of economic growth create a different mix of opportunity and risk in each state.ReportJan 29, 2014
Once the United States withdraws most or all of its forces from Afghanistan, what issues are likely to continue to be of concern to U.S. policymakers in South Asia? What regional dynamics are likely to affect their ability to achieve policy priorities there?Critical QuestionsBy Sadika Hameed, Jeremiah MagpileJan 17, 2014
Corruption is a massive tax on the private sector and impedes broad-based economic growth. Sixty-seven out of 144 economies identified corruption as one of the top three challenges to conducting business in their country, according to the World Economic Forum.NewsletterDec 19, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently returned from a four-day visit to New Delhi, his fifth such visit in three years, his thirteenth during his tenure as president. India was also the first country with which Afghanistan signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement, in 2011. Clearly, from both the Afghan and Indian perspectives, these are ties that are meant to bind.ReportDec 9, 2013
The Nuclear Energy Experts Group (NEEG) of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) met at the Saigon Da Lat Hotel in Da Lat, Vietnam on November 11-12, 2013, under the auspices of the CSCAP Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Asia Pacific (the WMD Study Group).